Draft Agenda and Tickets ready for BAFTS 2017 Annual Conference

We are delighted to announce the draft Agenda for our Annual Conference 2017 to all our readers, as well as the ticketing for this event via Eventbrite. The location is Priory Street Centre York and we will be joined on the Sunday evening by members of York Fair Trade Forum.

Hotels in York; Travel & Parking; Map and Location 
The venue is situated quite centrally, about 10 minutes walk from York Railway Station. It’s quite a pleasant walk (see map below). Coming by train is a good option, as the venue doesn’t have much parking directly in its grounds and parking in York is expensive generally. The venue address is 15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET. Tel: 01904 621133. All rooms are on the ground floor with available access for everyone. You can access a map of the area here.

Hotels have booked up quickly in the Centre of York, and it is not possible to suggest any outright. There are still some reasonably priced ones but you are advised to book very soon. Parking costs can be eased by choosing a spot and pre-booking eg via Just Park or Your Parking Space (short-term parking) where D is in Priory Street itself and can be pre-booked. Such websites have maps to enable you to work out how far you are from Priory Street itself.

You can use one of the 6 Park and Ride facilities around York and cheaper hotels in these outlying areas, depending upon which day(s) you are attending and where you are coming from. All services stop at or near to the railway station. Journeys take about 15 minutes to the City Centre. However, it seems gates are locked at 18.30 on Sundays, which is no good if you are staying for food and entertainment on the Sunday night. Parking near the venue is £2 between 6pm and 8am.

As regards booking tickets, if you are a member of the BAFTS’ Board or an invited outside speaker, you do not need to fill in a ticket for attending. Attendance is free to all, members and non-members alike. Costings including a small administration fee* from Eventbrite are based on meals required. There are five different ticketing options from £5-£15* (fee additional) depending upon which meals you intend to take on which days. There will be vegetarian food available, and you need only let our Executive Officer, Kathryn, know if you require vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free or if you have  specific allergies or other dietary requirements on membershipsupport@bafts.org.uk

Please note that the Agenda is still subject to change, although we hope to keep these to a minimum. Closer to the time, there will be a cut-off for meals as we will need to advise the caterers of numbers.


Sunday timetable 21st May 2017 

9am -10.30am stalls arrive and set-up ready for 10.30.

10.30 – 11.30 arrival, coffee, tea & supplier stall browsing

Exhibiting suppliers Sunday/ Monday: Traidcraft, Zuza Trading, Enfair, Zuri Design, York Scarves, Fair Grounds, Neema Crafts, Dalit Goods Company, AURA QUE, Just Trade (UK) Limited, Mixy Fandino, Kaligarh, Fair Connections.

11.30-11.40 Official welcome and order of the day

11.40-12.45 Supplier stories: three suppliers take 15 minutes to tell the story of how their work is impacting producers including a short video about the Goodweave mark.

12.45-13.45 Buffet lunch provided by El Piano.

13.45-14.30 Heather Masoud (Zaytoun) Talk on successes that Zaytoun have had eg Social Enterprise of the Year Award, new Fairtrade products coming, and how their model of trade is helping Palestinian farmers.

14.30-15.10  Carol Wills. Former BAFTS Chair, Honorary WFTO member, Voluntary Coordinator of Revised WFTO Guarantee System: Presentation on WFTO Guarantee System then Q/A

15.10-15.40 Tea and coffee break

15.40-16.45  Choice of one of three workshops to meet your needs:

                      Workshop One: Window and shop display - Silvia Rizzoli (RISC World Shop) & Daniella Cromwell     (Fair Trade at St. Michael’s, Oxford)

                      Workshop Two: Monitoring your producers: Laura Cave (Just Trade UK Ltd)

                       Workshop Three: Importing from Africa: JTS (Liam McLaughlin) with Claire                                               Shepherd Zuzu Trading; and Susan Tomes Neema Crafts.

16.45- 17.45 informal time for networking & browsing stalls.

18.00-19.00 evening meal.

19.00-21.00 - entertainment/dance workshop:Ahmed Masoud to read from his book “Vanished” and lead Palestinian dabke dancing Informal time for browsing


Monday timetable 22nd May 2017 

9.00 – 10.00 Supplier stalls open, tea, coffee & informal networking Additional exhibiting supplier: Picaflor

10.00 – 11.00 four supplier stories each talk for 15 minutes about the impact their work has on producers

11.00 – 11.45 Traidcraft talk by Emilie Schultze Campaigns Officer on the effect of Brexit on producers

Toilet break 11.45-11.50

11.50-12.30 Liberation Nuts talk by Amanda Galliano Business Development Manager on their progress as a Fair Trade Company 

12.30-13.30 lunch provided by Yourcafe, York

13.30-14.30 talk by Bruce Crowther (The FIG Tree Lancaster/former International fair Trade Towns Ambassador) on “Local fair trade Campaigning”  

14.30 -15.00 Discussion on Resolutions

15.00 BAFTS 2017 AGM

16.00-16.30 Close

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